This is a step by step tutorial for how to sew a pixie skirt, also known as a handkerchief hem or a square circle skirt. If you already know how to make a circle skirt, this one is even easier!
You can use any type of fabric for this tutorial, woven or knit. My example skirt has two layers, but you can do a single layer if you prefer! I’ll show you how to determine how much fabric you need and what to do if your fabric isn’t wide enough to cut the skirt in one seamless piece.
I’ll also show how to do the math the old fashioned way, but if you want you can skip that part and download my FREE circle skirt template here.
Paired with my mini witch hat tutorial, you’re well on your way to a spooktacular DiY Halloween costume!
This is a quick and easy step by step tutorial for how to make a mini witch hat. Just in time for Halloween!
Click to watch the video! I’ll update soon with text/photo instructions as well.
You can make your hat to wear or just use it as a decoration.
You’ll need to download my free circle skirt template to make the hat. I used a glitter craft foam for my hat, but you can also use felt or even paper!
Stay tuned because tomorrow I’m posting a tutorial for a pixie skirt, which goes quite nicely with the hat when done in witchy fabrics!
As a seasoned seamstress, I tend to take it for granted that people know the difference between a knit and woven fabric, but plenty of people don’t. As evidenced by the questions I get at least once a week both in my clothing shop and my pattern shop like: “Can I use 100% cotton with this pattern?” or “Is this dress made of cotton or is it stretchy?”
The problem with both questions is that fabrics can be knit/stretch and be 100% cotton. But people have come to confuse 100% cotton with woven.
When you think of woven fabrics, think of fabric you’d use to make a quilt or curtains or upholstery. Woven fabric is generally crisp and not stretchy*. It can be as thin as chiffon or as thick as denim.
*Some woven fabrics, like stretch denim or stretch poplin, have spandex woven in to give it some stretch. A stretch poplin may have 15% stretch across the grain, which means a 10″ piece of fabric can stretch up to 11.5″.
When you think of knit fabrics, think of t-shirts and leggings. Knit fabric is usually stretchy and supple. It can be as thin as mesh or as thick as sweatshirt fleece.
Knit fabrics tend to offer a superior amount of stretch compared with wovens, perhaps 30-50% for a t-shirt or up to 100% for something like a nylon spandex. 50% stretch would mean a 10″ piece of fabric can stretch up to 15″. 100% would mean a 10″ piece of fabric could stretch up to 20″. That’s quite a difference from the 11.5″ from the stretch poplin example.
This handy little drawing (courtesy of Threads magazine) is a close-up of how woven fabric is constructed. Notice it’s a sort of basket-weave pattern, with the threads running perpendicular to each other. Each thread is separate from the next, meaning that when it’s cut, the edges fray.
This is a nice, quick tutorial for beginners and pros alike! Not only are zipper pouches easy to make, but they’re practical as well. They make great little clutch purses, or make up bags, or storage for art supplies (or whatever else you want to use them for)!
Click below to watch a video version of the tutorial, or keep scrolling for a photo/text tutorial.
Here we go!
Collect your materials. You’ll need an outer fabric and a lining fabric, plus a zipper. I’m also adding a wristlet strap, but you could customize yours in lots of ways. You could add a keyring or swivel hook on the end of the strap, or you could skip the strap. Add a pocket or handles. Go crazy! You can also play with the size and dimensions.
The dimensions I used are as follows (and incidentally fit my Nook quite nicely):
I have interfaced my outer fabric, but only because it’s a stretch fabric, and I really don’t want it to stretch. Otherwise, interfacing is optional! Read more ›